With 2018 just around the corner, it is often a time for us to turn our focus to setting resolutions for the new year. For many of us, some of our most important goals are to establish healthier habits, whether it is working out more, eating less, and perhaps even taking better care of our teeth! Creating healthy oral hygiene habits is something that everyone should consider in the new year, especially since oral health has such a direct impact on our health overall. By properly caring for your teeth this year, you can prevent heart issues, lower your blood pressure, lose weight easier, and experience less discomfort as you age.
For many people who want to establish better oral hygiene in the new year, the only confusing thing is where to start. On behalf of your friends here at Passes Dental Care, we have put together a short list of ways you can improve your dental health in 2018.
Resolution #1: Quit Smoking – If you smoke cigarettes, now is a great time to stop. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), your risk for gum disease is doubled if you are a smoker, compared to a non-smoker. Why not make this year the year you quit smoking and take back control of your health? Your teeth, gums, and the rest of your body will thank you for it!
Resolution #2: Eat and Drink Mouth-Friendly Foods and Drinks – Your diet has a significant impact on the health of your teeth. Sugary and highly acidic food and drinks are bad for your teeth and can lead to plaque buildup, bacteria buildup, and tooth decay. By eating fibrous foods and drinking more dairy, you can take better care of your teeth and can maintain that healthy smile.
Resolution #3: Make Sure to Floss – While most of us remember to brush our teeth at least twice a day, not as many of us can say that we floss the recommended once-per-day. Flossing helps remove food and bacteria from between the teeth and is a huge factor in preventing gum disease. By making it a habit to floss every day this year, you will be doing yourself and your mouth a considerable favor.
Resolution #4: Make a Dental Appointment – While statistics show that 1/3 of the population doesn’t visit the dentist at least once a year, you don’t want to be in that group. By visiting your dentist every six months, you can enjoy a thorough, professional cleaning and can identify and address any serious issues before they become dangerous to your health.
The team at Passes Dental Care wishes you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We sincerely hope to see you in the new year, and we are ready to help you have a happy and healthier 2018. Contact our experienced, compassionate dental team to schedule your checkup today at (516) 858-5921 or schedule an appointment with us online!